Island Times, September 2019

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SEPT. 2019 Volume 3 • Issue 5


The Seniors Bees – An Oak Harbor Senior Center Quilting Group By Carly Waymire Program Coordinator, Oak Harbor Senior Center

The “Senior Bees” are a quilting group at the Oak Harbor Senior Center that consists of more than 20 talented members who love quilting. Each year the Senior Bees give back to the community by putting their talent to good use. They make quilts for disabled seniors, homeless, various organizations to use for fundraisers, newborns, active duty military, veterans, and house-bound individuals. The Senior Bees make a unique quilt every year they raffle off to raise funds for the Oak Harbor Senior Center. This year’s quilt is called “Grandmothers Flower Garden” and is made up of 2,500 individual, unique hexagons which make over 350 flowers. The Senior Bees didn’t use a single machine to make this quilt, but hand-stitched each piece which took them over a year to complete. Raffle tickets are available for $1 at the Center and the drawing will be held Sept. 22. In September, the Senior Bees are hosting a quilt show to display their unique work. The quilt show will run Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There will also be an assortment of crafts and quilted items available for purchase. This event is open to everyone and admission is free! A few the Senior Bees pose in front of their handmade quilt for the 2019 raffle

Photos by Jessica Karpilo

Gathering Together Makes All the Difference “You only grow old when you lose all your marvels.”

~ Merry Browne

By Christina Baldwin Board Member, Island Senior Resources

Tucked in the woodlands above the western shorelines of Freeland, Mary Jane Donohoe lives just down the road from the farm where she grew up. After her husband’s retirement, she has returned to these heritage lands. Like many other island 70-somethings who still have energy and creativity she began asking herself, “What’s most important for me to do?” Listening to her over a cup of coffee last summer, she admitted, “I have a passion for planning events.” Tapping her hand on a large scrapbook of photos she says, “I started to design events that helped unite my family around our shared values. I orchestrate fun as a way to bring forward the beauty of the past and share it with the younger generations.” “Well, once I got that going for the family, my friends wanted to join, so I began designing events for my friendship group, my church group, and other community associations I belong to.” Flipping through the book, I see her

still famous Uppah Wedding party from 2003, another event full of reveling pirates, and photos of her “Black & White Affair,” that occurred at the end of July. As we’re talking, Mary Jane is adamant, “I don’t want to become an event planner for the island, but I do want to inspire others to do the same kinds of things for their own families and friends. Because, well, events spice up life, create new friendships and deepen ongoing friendships, and from these kinds of events we can foster a community where seniors are involved, sponsoring, and participat-

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Kim Mason

Coupeville “The assassination of President Kennedy, it was a loss of innocence, and as a child you don’t ever think about the evil in the world.”

Robert (Bob) Seppi

Linda, 74

San Diego “World War II. My brother fought in the war.”

Oak Harbor “The Navy, its memorable because it taught me humility, discipline, and how to get along with different people, and it taught me comradery (sic).”

Sheila, 43

Fresno “When Nancy Reagan started ‘Just Say No to Drugs.’”

Lisa Peters

Ralph, 84

Oak Harbor “Hearing Hitler’s speech in 1938, Pearl Harbor and the atomic bomb attack on Japan.”

Oak Harbor “The lunar launch, at the time I didn’t care much about it, but my dad made me sit down and watch because it was history being made, and now I realize the significance of it all.”

Marcia, 77

Boise “President Kennedy’s assignation. What could be more tragic? Who could forget?”

Elizabeth Evans & Sam

Oak Harbor “The most memorable event was the Kennedy assassination.”

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By Robin Bush, Outreach Director, Island Senior Resources

A few weeks ago, I went to my high school reunion. Before I flew out to the east coast, I had been wondering, “What would any of us have in common? What could we talk about?” We all started with the obvious, “What have you been doing?” I told them I was Outreach Director for Island Senior Resources, that provides resources for seniors, adults with disabilities, and those who care for them. All being the same age with elderly parents meant this subject was rich, common ground for sharing. They’d say, “I just spent the last five years helping my mother” or, “My dad’s so overwhelmed being mom’s caregiver.” I’d start to tell them how we provide Meals on Wheels, an adult day program, Medical Transportation, Aging & Disability Resources, community meals and before I could get through the list, they

would stop me, amazed, and say, “You provide all that?” I’d continue. “We also have classes, Medicare assistance, legal consults, a medical device lending closet, social opportunities, and a lot more.” Word traveled quickly through my classmates. I was never the “popular’ kid in high school, but this time around, it seemed everyone wanted to talk to me. They’d tell me stories of the challenges they’d experienced or were in the midst of, with their parents. None of them could believe there was any community that provided such comprehensive services. “If only we had that in our town; my life and the lives of my parents would be so much better!” they’d say. As the plane lifted off from the New York airport, my lasting impression from the reunion was what a unique place I was coming home to. We take care of each other here. We could be a model for other counties of what is possible when we are all engaged in supporting the way we want our community to be. Hopefully, some of my classmates will return to their communities and describe what they heard is happening here. What we have is truly special.

~ The Lightness of Letting Things Go ~

Picture This By Charles LaFond, Author, engager, ISR staff member

My home is cluttered with love. Well, “things” really, but they are icons of love that are hard to let go of and yet, it is time to let go of things as I get older. It is time to “small” my life. Small should be a verb. These are the “letting go” years. Recently, I finally gave a red leather letter-folder away to a thrift store. The folder was hard to give away, not because it was valuable or beautiful or needed. It was hard to give away because a love-filled memory was attached to it. My grandmother had given it to me along with a fountain pen

on my 12th birthday, more than 40 years ago. She was gentle and beautiful. She had a soft British accent, wrote in blue ink the color of a Caribbean lagoon, survived London in World War II, wore a dress every day, and always smelled of lavender. I remember opening the folder’s blue gift-box with yellow tissue paper. It too smelled of lavender. She sat with me that day as I felt the folder’s soft grain, gold tooling, and internal satin sleeves. She told me of her love of letters – a love I inherited from her. We talked about the importance of letterwriting, of ink and its power to harm or bless. She told me that a hand-written letter was a gift of time and effort. For four decades, I used that folder. I still


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write letters and notes in that same Caribbean-blue ink, but I no longer need the folder. Letting go of my beloved possessions is hard to do because each possession has a love-memory. Each possession is part of an event, a conversation, or a gesture of kindness from someone I love. When I see something in my closet or a cabinet, I remember the person who gave it to me or the event for which it was purchased. I do not want to let go of the memories, of the moment, of those people, of my life, of my story. We all need to do hard things from time to time. Letting go of my love-things is hard, internal work, but like anything worthwhile, the more I try, the better I can do it. What was once a chore is now an opportunity to live this final third of my life in a gentle exhale. So, to live into this opportunity to down-size, I keep a small journal by my bed. Every time I take something to a thrift store, I write down what I am giving away and the story which caused me to keep it for so long. I let go of the possessions, but I keep the stories. Letting go of my things over the next 25 years will be hard to do, but I love the lightness of being which it invites.

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September 2019 GATHERING continued from page 1 ing in experiences that we dream-up for ourselves.” Sounds like fun. And as Mary Jane points out, “fun needs a plan.” So together we came up with a brief “how to” for designing events. Step one: brainstorm themes: the idea for the Uppah Wedding came from the movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” and made fun of all the varieties of family dysfunction that bloom like the bridal bouquet around nuptial moments.

Step two: commit to a theme, idea, or question, and get some helpers. Planning engages a small group of friends, “We push each other’s comfort zones in planning,” Mary Jane commented. “In the Black and White Affair, we first wanted a string quartet on the beach, but we didn’t have the money, so it evolved into the planning group becoming the entertainment. It was hilarious–both imagining what we’d do and then doing it!” So, make a budget, decide if participants need to help fund the event, and create something that allows everyone access. “People can do great events with almost no money, just time and creativity, and potluck. The Black & White theme,” Mary Jane reminded me, “grew out of fundraising for a new stove at my church: everyone paid $50.00 to the fundraiser. My contribution was putting on the event, so I worked within my budget. I shopped for months at Senior Thrift picking up dishes, clothes and décor to match the theme.”

Step three: make a plan, make a list, help each other accomplish tasks, and keep it fun. Decide who the invitation is for and how many people you can accommodate. If you’re holding a dinner, who has a space that can seat people, and how many people? If you’re hosting an event for an organization, will the organization provide the space? Share costs? Provide tables and chairs? Commit, create, go for it. Step four: send out the invitations. Mary Jane suggests being specific about participation: do you want folks in certain attire or costumes? Bringing props or donations? “People like to engage,” she said. “finding their own black and white outfit, bringing a poem or writing a limerick, or wearing an outrageous hat. People want to get creative too.” Step five: Just DO IT–and don’t worry. Nobody expects perfection. Everyone who said ‘yes’ is willing to roll with what happens, get in the spirit of things and have a good time. They are cheering for you and are eager to enjoy, to adapt, to make perfection out of the moment. I mean, aren’t the bloopers the most fun? Mary Jane concludes, “I brought this idea to ISR because I want to help elders to keep having fun, to keep exploring what is both entertaining and meaningful to us, and to take charge of our community-making.” And then she tells me a story that takes both of us to the heart of the matter. “I was holding the hand of one of the men in my prayer group. He was close to dying, but just kept smiling at me and saying, ‘we had a good time right to the end, didn’t we…’ And that’s why I plan events, and why I hope others will take up this challenge.” What’s your great idea? How could your autumn be different if you start planning now?

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Thank you, Connie Francis By Mel Watson

I knew things were going to be different when I went to Australia to visit my mom this time. I had prepared myself, knowing she had progressed to a new stage in her nearly 20-year-long journey with Alzheimer’s. She has been living in a memory care unit in my hometown of Adelaide for close to a year. When I booked this trip, I reminded myself this might be the last time we get to see each other. I have been thinking this for many years on each visit, and each time it feels like this is it. After a long flight, I arrived and quickly went shopping for some things I thought might be helpful in our time together: big markers, large things to color, a cute, soft dog toy and two cans of diet Coke. I arrived at her building, went through the security check, and walked into the community area. There she was, sitting with two ladies who I came to know as Lily and Barb. I was so happy to see her. “Hi, Mom, what’s going on?” It had been a year and a half since I saw her last, but she didn’t know it. She looked up and smiled and said, “Hello love.” I don’t know if she knew who I was, but because I was happy to see her, she was happy to see me. I hugged her and asked if I could sit down and share a Coke with her. “Oh yes,” she said, laughing, “of course.” Mom always loved Coca Cola, especially with a splash of rum over a couple of ice cubes. She would drink rum and Coke out of a golden goblet like a queen. Mom was a bit of a queen, the matriarch of our family; she would glide across a room with such grace, you could have sworn she wasn’t moving her feet, or her feet were in two tiny boats and the ground was a slow-moving river.

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THANK YOU continued from page 3 For those of you who have been with loved ones who have dementia, you know it can be difficult to maintain a conversation because the usual social cues aren’t there, so you quickly move into large spaces of silence. After a few long moments enjoying our Cokes, I said, “Hey Mom, I have this work thing I need to get done. Will you help me with it?” “Well yes, of course,” she replied. I reached into my bag and pulled out the markers and coloring pictures I brought with me. I placed one next to her, and one next to me and put the markers between us. I grabbed a marker and took the lid off, Mom mirrored me, and then I said, “I think I have to fill in this bit” and started to color in a portion of the picture. Mom followed, and then as we continued, I started to sing, “Would you like to swing on a star, carry moonbeams home in a jar….” Mom joined in. Time melted away; we connected in just the right way for where Mom was in that moment. I went to see her every day for two weeks. I stayed for hours each time. We sang a lot; Lily and a few other folks and their families even joined in sometimes for a good old sing-along. During one visit, I was with Mom in her room, and I recalled a song she used to love when I was young. I pulled out my smart phone and found it. I turned to Mom and said, “What do you think of this one?” Connie Francis begins to sing, ”Where the boys are, I’ll be waiting for you…” Her face came alive, and our eyes met as we drifted with the music. The words came back to her immediately, and her arms opened as if she was calling a dreamlike lover to the sway of the strings. We sang to each other, but not to the mother-daughter people we were on the surface; our connection was one that went beyond the painful changing framework of form. We had entered a pure land where only love exists. At that moment, there was no mother, no daughter, no stories, no Alzheimer’s, just LOVE. It was perfect. I feel so fortunate I have been able to learn about dementia and what happens to the brain and how it changes. This knowledge has enabled me to learn how to be with my mom, even when she didn’t relate to being Mom anymore. We could move beyond the endless constructs and stories we get upset about losing when family members are unable to hold the memories anymore. The familiar music of her time freed us. I look at this part of Mom’s life as a time of transformation, not so much as loss. And hopefully, when the time comes for the last hints of this form to disappear, her heart will be surfing into the land of love where Connie Francis provided the basis for a short, sweet glimpse into what is possible. If you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with Dementia and you and your family would like to become empowered through knowledge, contact Aging and Disability Resources at Island Senior Resources, to find out about the next Powerful Tools for Caregivers class, or Dementia Caregiver course, or other age related issues. 360-321 1600.

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Saturday, Oct. 26 Pancake Breakfast at Island Senior Resources (Bayview). Watch for details in next month’s paper.

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Presenters will offer information on key topics affecting the lives of seniors, their caregivers, families and friends.

ISLAND SENIOR RESOURCES (BAYVIEW) • TUESDAYS, 12:30 P.M. Lunch (optional) will be served 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (suggested donation $6) followed by a free presentation. See our menu section for what is being served for lunch. Come eat, socialize, and learn! Lunch & Learn’s in Bayview are a collaborative venture with South Whidbey @ Home


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Sept. 3

Be Well Prepared! Did you feel it? The July earthquake was a good reminder we need to know what to do in case of a larger one, a home fire, or other disaster. Get the latest information about low-cost ways to cope with emergencies that affect you and your neighbors.

Sept. 10

What is Clear Captions? Clear Captions is a federally funded service for individuals experiencing hearing loss and need help hearing on the phone. Your calls captioned at NO COST includes: Installation and setup, in-home training, and lifetime support. Come learn about this exciting service!

Sept. 17

Learn some interesting things about Whidbey Island history! Author Janice O’Mahony will talk about things she and her co-authors learned during the writing and research of Whidbey Island: Reflections of People and the Land. Did you know boats used to be able to come all the way up to the Cash Store to load and unload cargo? We have stories!

Sept. 24

Novel Look at Conservation Join local author Deborah Nedelman for a conversation about her new novel, “What We Take for Truth” about conflicts between conservation protestors and community members over land use. Deborah's book tells a story that both defends a way of life and celebrates a landscape at risk of being lost.

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Sept. 4

Bingo Aging & Disability Resources will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 11

Great Foot-Stompin’ Time Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association will take turns at the mic playing bluegrass, country and folk music on banjos, guitars, fiddles, keyboard, and vocals.

Sept. 18

Responding to Identity Theft Jonathan Moore, Victim Support Services, Community Outreach Specialist, will teach you how to protect yourself, and discover what steps you can take to recover if you have been a victim of identity theft.

Sept. 25

State of the Town of Coupeville Mayor Molly Hughes, will review town services, projects, and policy changes that have taken place on behalf of our residents in the past year.



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September 2019


Learn the Basics of Social Security

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregivers Support Group

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This Island Senior Resources workshop will be presented by Annette Barca who has been conducting pre-retirement seminars for 15 years. Free. No pre-registration required. For more information call 360-321-1600 ext 0.

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Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregivers Support Group

1st Thursday, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Summer Hill Assisted Living, Oak Harbor Contact: Heidi Kuzina, 360-679-1400 or Karen Cowgill, 360-279-2555

Oak Harbor Caregiver Support Group 1

2nd Thursday, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Oak Harbor Senior Center, 51 SE Jerome St., Oak Harbor Contact: Carolyn Hansen, 360-279-1785

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4th Wednesday, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Oak Harbor Senior Center, 51 SE Jerome St., Oak Harbor Contact: Carolyn Hansen, 360-279-1785

2nd Tuesday, 10 a.m. – Noon Alder Room, Island Senior Resources, 14594 SR 525, Langley, WA Contact: Mel Watson, 360-321-1623

MS Support Group

3rd Tuesday, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Alder Room Island Senior Resources 14594 SR 525, Langley Facilitator: Mel Watson, 360-321-1623

Parkinson’s Support Group

1st Tuesday, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, 18341 WA-525, Freeland Ave In the older building, in Grigware Hall Contact: Mel Watson, 360-321-1623

Aging in Grace Support Group

For anyone with concerns, stories, and wisdom about aging 2nd Monday, 10 a.m. – Noon Freeland Library, 5495 S. Harbor Ave., Freeland Contact Nicole Donovan 360-321-1600

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Parkinson’s Support Group

2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. St Augustine’s in-the-Woods 5217 S Honeymoon Bay Rd, Freeland Contact: Mel Watson, 360-321-1623

Parkinsonics Singing Group

4th Tuesday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Island Senior Resources 14594 SR 525, Langley Facilitator: Mel Watson, 360-321-1623

1st Friday, 1 – 3 p.m. The Modular Building at Oak Harbor Senior Center, 51 SE Jerome St., Oak Harbor Contact: Eula Palmer, 360-675-9894

1st and 3rd Monday of the month, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. The Modular Building at Oak Harbor Senior Center, 51 SE Jerome St., Oak Harbor Facilitator: Mel Watson, 360-321-1623

Early Stages Dementia Support Group

Do you need a caregiver support group that is currently not available on Whidbey Island? Call Mel Watson, Director Adult Day Services, 360-321-1623.

Medicare 2019 and 2020

Medicare’s open enrollment runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. This is when you need to update and/or change your Medicare Advantage and/or Medicare drug plans. It is important to be sure your plans will meet your needs next year. There are changes in Medicare occurring in 2020 for some enrollees. We will help you understand what is best for you! These sessions are identified below as Medicare 2020. Also, if you are going on Medicare in the next six months and/or are wanting to know more about Medicare, attend a free general information seminar offered by SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) volunteers; no pre-registration required. Counselors will answer brief questions following the seminars. Seminars run 2-2.5 hours. For more information, call 360-321-1600 ext 0.



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51 SE Jerome St, Oak Harbor

14594 SR 525, Langley

Information will be provided about: • “Basic” Medicare benefits • Changes for 2020 will be covered in the Medicare 2020 classes • Options for additional insurance(s) • Medicare parts A and B • The differences between “Medigap” (supplemental) insurance and Advantage plans • Benefits and rates • Prescription drug plans. (If you want help with your drug plan, bring a detailed list of your drugs). The Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) offers unbiased, confidential advising for Medicare benefits and insurance options. Individual Consultations: For more in-depth information about Medicare options, advisors are available for one-to-one consultation at: Oak Harbor Senior Center: Tuesdays • Call 360-279-4580 to schedule an appointment WhidbeyHealth Medical Center: Wednesdays • Call 360-678-5151 to schedule an appointment Island Senior Resources (Bayview): Fridays • Call 360-321-1600, ext 0, to schedule an appointment Note: SHIBA volunteers work under the guidance of the Insurance Commissioner’s Office.

Oak Harbor Senior Center, 360-279-4580 | Island Senior Resources, (360) 321-1600, (360) 678-3373


September 2019



9 Quilting 9 Billiards 9:30 Enhance Fitness 11:30 Duplicate Bridge 11:30 LUNCH 12 Bunco 12:30 Ping Pong 1 Art with Ivy 2:30 Parkinsonics Singing Group (1st & 3rd Monday) 3 Clogging 5 Tai Chi

8:30 Yoga 9 Billiards 9 Lapidary 11 Mexican Train 11:30 Chess 12 Line Dance 1 Knitting & Crochet 1 MAC SIG (2nd. Tue.) 2 Vision Impaired Group (4th Tues) 2:30 S.A.I.L. 6 Pinochle 6 Lapidary 6:30 Stamp Club (2nd & 4th Tuesdays) SHIBA – By appointment

WEDNESDAY 9 Billiards 9 Lapidary 9:30 Enhance Fitness 11:30 Duplicate Bridge 11:30 LUNCH 12:30 Party Bridge 12:30 Ping Pong 1 Paper Crafts (2nd & 4th Wednesday) 2 Caregiver Support (4th Wednesday) 4 Pickle Ball

THURSDAY 8:30 Yoga 9 Billiards 9:30 Enhance Fitness 10 Creative Writing (resumes Sept. 19) 11 Mah Jongg 12:30 Cribbage 1 Mexican Train 1 Reiki Treatments 1 History Class (resumes Sept. 19) 2 Caregiver Support (2nd Thursday) 2:30 S.A.I.L. 7 Wire Wrap



9 Quilting 9 Billiards 9 Tai Chi 10 Walking Club 11:30 LUNCH 12:30 Pinochle 12:30 Line Dance 1 Parkinson Support Group (1st Friday) 7 Country Dance (2nd Friday) 6:30 Old Time Fiddlers (1st Friday)

Ping Pong Billiards Pinochle 10am-1pm: Pickleball 12-1pm: Beginner Pickleball (First Saturday only)


MONDAY 10 Time Together* 11:45 Lunch Served 12:15 Reader’s Theater Rehearsal 1 Mahjong

TUESDAY 8:45 Tai Chi Wu Style 9 Foot Clinic – call (360) 341-3210 for appt 10 Time Together* 10:30 Tune In, Tone Up Ukulele with Talia 11:45 Lunch Served 12:30 Lunch & Learn Sept. 3 - 1st Tuesday

WEDNESDAY 10 Quilters & Crafters 10 Time Together* 10 Intermediate Line Dancing 11:45 Lunch Served Sept. 25 - Last Wednesday 11:45 Birthday cake and Party (all are welcome)

10 Parkinson's Support Group**

THURSDAY 8:30 Bridge 9 Senior Striders 10 Time Together* (10-noon only) 6 Twilight Bridge

FRIDAY 10 Time Together* 10:45 Fun Band 11 SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) by appointment 11:45 Lunch Served Sept. 13 and Sept. 27 2 Legal consults (call for appointment)


11 Israeli Circle Dance

Sept. 10 - 2nd Tuesday 10 Alzheimer's Support Group 2:30 Parkinson's Singing Group South*

Sept. 17 - 3rd Tuesday

10 MS Support Group

Sept. 24 - 4th Tuesday

10 2:30

Early Stages Dementia Support Group Parkinson's Singing Group South*

*Activities are held at St. Augustine's-in-the-Woods, Freeland | **Activities are held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland

Call Island Senior Resources for instructor contact numbers and information.




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September 2019

MEAL SITES & HOURS ISLAND SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER (BAYVIEW) 14594 SR 525, Langley, WA 98260 • 360-321-1600 Meals served Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, 11:45 a.m.


51 SE Jerome Street, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 360-279-0367 (kitchen) or 360-279-4580 (Center) Meals served Mon, Wed, Fri, 11:30 a.m.


606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island, WA 98282 • 360-387-0222 Meals served Mon, Wed, Fri, noon


50 North Main Street, Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-4886 Ext 28 or 360-321-6661 ext 28 Meals served Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, 11:45 a.m.


150 4th Street, Langley, WA 98260 • 360-321-1600 Meals served Mon, Wed, Fri, noon; Thurs, 5 p.m.

COUPEVILLE METHODIST CHURCH, FIRST UNITED 608 N Main St, Coupeville, WA 98239 • 360-678-4256 Meals served Wed, 11:45 a.m.

TRAVEL LOG OAK HARBOR SENIOR CENTER For more information, call the Front Desk, 360-279-4580


Wednesday, September 18 Depart: 10:30 AM – Return: 2:30 PM Member: $20 • Non-Member: $30 Price includes transportation only The mystery has been solved- these lunch trips are a ton of fun! Travel Escort, Lauraine, will be sure to take you on a delightful afternoon to an undisclosed restaurant where you will enjoy some delicious dining with the other passengers. Before returning home sometimes there is time for another surprise stop! This is a great way to discover new restaurants or enjoy a well-known favorite while meeting new friends and enjoying the good company.


6 Suggested donation for meals

WEEK 1 Mon


HOLIDAY- Meal Sites Closed



Ham & Cheese on Croissant



Beef & Bean Tostada



Brookhaven Chef's Choice



Italian Antipasto Salad



Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry



Sub Deli Sandwich & Soup



Salmon & Rice Pilaf



Brookhaven Chef's Choice



Chicken Salad Wrap w/Lettuce


ANGEL OF THE WINDS CASINO Monday, September 23

9 AM - 3:30 PM Member: $27 • Non-Member: $37 It is time to try again at Angel of the Winds casino! They offer great discounts on game play and a delicious lunch buffet.



Grab your lederhosen and head out for a relaxing afternoon cruising on Lake Union and Lake Washington. Enjoy authentic German cuisine and learn the history of Oktoberfest, without having to travel to Europe. Cost includes transportation, 2-hour cruise, and German inspired lunch. Limited spots available, please sign up by August 30.

8 AM - 6:30 PM Member: $100 • Non-Member: $125


This fun filled day in Seattle will start at the top of the Space Needle where you can take in incredible views of mountains, water, and the city by stepping onto The Loupe, the world’s first and only rotating glass floor. Next, we visit the Chihuly Garden & Glass museum where you will find spectacular, one of a kind pieces of art work. With eight galleries, three drawing walls, and a café we will have plenty to do! Cost includes transportation and entrance fees into Space Needle and Chihuly.


Community Meals offer older adults social opportunities while enjoying a delicious, nutritionally balanced meal. They are provided for adults age 60+, their spouses, and caregivers. Donations are appreciated and help fund the program.


This is an opportunity to discover downtown Seattle without the Alaska Way Viaduct! Walk through the Pike’s Market enjoying the new shops and eateries and the spectacular view. Ride the Ferris wheel, enjoy a picnic lunch or hop on the monorail to the Seattle Center. Two drop off points, one pickup at Pike’s Market.

8:30 AM - 4 PM Member: $95 • Non-member: $115

874 Plantation Drive, Greenbank, WA 98253 • 360-222-3211 Meals served Wed, Fri, 11:30 a.m.


8 AM - 5:30 PM Member: $42 • Non-Member: $50

Wednesday, September 25


Due to rising costs, effective April 1, the suggested donation for community meals will be $6/meal. Meals on Wheels suggested donation will be $6/hot meal and $5/frozen meal.


Thursday, September 12

Wednesday, September 4

Saturday, October 5

9 AM - 5 PM Member: $40 • Non-Member: $50 The Lynden Train Show is one of the largest on the West Cost and features running modules in all gauges of model trains and circus displays. The show also includes a swap meet, dealer tables, workshops, and memorabilia. Cost includes transportation and entrance into the Train Show.

ISLAND SENIOR RESOURCES For more information, call 360-321-1600 or 360-678-3373 ISR provides transportation to/from Bayview Hall. Clinton ferry pricing does not include walk-on ferry ticket


WEEK 3 Mon


Southwest Casserole



Supreme Pizza w/Meat & Veggies



Spinach Salad w/Bacon& Egg



Brookhaven Chef's Choice



Turkey Cutlet w/Chipotle Sauce



Chicken Tenders w/Honey Mustard Drsg



Best Reuben Sandwich



Chicken Fried Rice



Brookhaven Chef's Choice



Turkey Chili w/Tomatoes & Pasta


Lemon Pepper Fish w/Rice Pilaf

All casino trips depart/return from Bayview Community Hall Parking lot. Depart 9 AM • Return 4:30 PM Member: $35 • Non-member: $45


WEEK 5 Mon

SNOQUALMIE.................................................................................................................... September 10 SWINOMISH..................................................................................................................................October 8 QUIL CEDA CREEK...........................................................................................................November 12 TULALIP RESORT............................................................................................................ December 10

Oak Harbor Senior Center, 360-279-4580 | Island Senior Resources, (360) 321-1600, (360) 678-3373


September 2019





8 AM - 3 PM Member: $110 • Non-Member: $130

Double: $4,499 • Single: $5,299

Wednesday, November 6 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Member: $110 • Non-Member: $130

Friday, October 11

Explore the history of our beautiful Pacific Northwest on a Waterways Cruise around Lake Union. While cruising, we will indulge in an extraordinary lunch of creative and delicious dishes and flavors of Settle’s Pike’s Place Market. A fun, relaxing day! Space is limited, please signup by October 3.

8:30 AM - 7 PM Member: $75 • Non-Member: $90

Monday, November 11



This abundant seafood festival located on the waterfront in Port Angeles is one you don’t want to miss! The festival offers arts & craft vendors, live music, a street fair, cooking derby, entertainment, and lots of seafood! Price includes transportation, ferry, & crab dinner at the festival.


Saturday, November 23

Do you enjoy eating great bread? We will have a hands-on class making small breads at the King Arthur Baking School in Burlington! This 3-hour class will teach us new techniques and we will be able to bring our delicious breads home so we can continue to enjoy them. We will also have a no host stop at the Third Street Cafe in Mt. Vernon for lunch before returning home. Space is limited, please sign up by September 27.


9:30 AM - 6:30 PM Member: $80 • Non-Member: $95 Watch the harness horse races at Fraser Downs while enjoying a delicious brunch buffet. If you are feeling lucky, place some bets and see how you do! Price includes transportation and buffet. Space is limited, sign up soon to assure your spot.

Tuesday, October 15

Special Travel Presentation: Wednesday, October 16 | 1 PM

NEW! HERITAGE OF AMERICA Special Travel Presentation: Thursday, September 12 | 2 PM

OCEAN SHORE GETAWAY Wednesday, October 23 – Thursday, October 24 Member Per Person: Double, $225 • Single, $285 Non-member Per Person: Double, $270 • Single, $340


Head over to Ocean Shores with us where you can test your luck at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino, enjoy the resort’s fine facilities, and take a stroll around town or along the ocean beach. For those who want to explore Ocean Shores, get a bite to eat, sight-see, and shop there will be transportation available and for those who want to win big there will be plenty of time to enjoy the casino. Cost includes transportation, 1-nights stay in ocean view room at Quinault Beach Resort and Casino, dinner buffet (10/23), and breakfast voucher (10/24).

8:30 AM - 5:30 PM Member: $100 • Non-Member: $120 Who is ready for a gourmet lunch? We are returning to the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vancouver B.C. where we will enjoy a special holiday inspired 3-course meal prepared by the students. There will be delicious desserts and pastries available for purchase that you can enjoy after your meal or on the bus ride home! Also, we will have a brief time to shop the market at Granville Island before returning home. Price includes transportation and lunch. Please note a passport or enhanced license is required.

MAGICAL RHINE & MOSELLE RIVER CRUISE Double: $5,129 • Single: $5,829

Double: $3,779 • Single: $4,879

Visit the renovated IKEA in Renton with two levels of shopping and a new restaurant.

Take a panoramic tour of Classical Rome featuring an in-depth, guided visit of the Colosseum, discover the ruins of Pompeii, and discover the mountaintop monastery of Montecassino! Includes ground and air transportation, lodging, and 13 meals.

August 16 - 25, 2020

April 9 - 18, 2020

8 AM - 5 PM Member: $45 • Non-Member: $55

May 2 - 11, 2020

Follow the epic story of American democracy. Spend two nights in New York City before heading to Philadelphia to view the Liberty Bell and see Independence Hall. Walk the hallowed battlefield at Gettysburg and tour the National Military Park and Museum. Enjoy a choice between visiting President Eisenhower’s home or a walking tour of historic downtown Gettysburg. Visit the presidential estates of Washington’s Mount Vernon and Jefferson’s Monticello. Explore the countless treasures of the Smithsonian Institution with your choice of visiting the National Air and Space Museum or the National Museum of American History. Tour Washington, D.C.’s National Mall and view the moving World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Memorial. Visit Arlington National Cemetery. This tour is 10 days, 9 nights and includes transportation from Oak Harbor to the airport, airfare, baggage handling, lodging, and tour guide.

Set out on a 7-night cruise along the Rhine where you will discover lovely Strasbourg on a guided tour, enjoy a Captain’s Gala Dinner, visit of Cochem’s renowned wine cellars, and cruise the famous canals of Amsterdam. Includes ground and air transportation, 7-night river cruise, lodging, and 22 meals.

SPOTLIGHT ON NEW YORK October 15 - 19, 2020

Double: $2,999 Single: $3,799 Visit America’s most exciting city, New York City, explore the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, experience two Broadway shows, embark on a voyage to the Lady Liberty, join a local guide for tour of New York City’s time-honored landmarks, and enjoy breakfast at the famous Ellen’s Stardust Diner featuring singing waitstaff on this 5 day tour. Includes air and ground transportation and five meals.


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Oak Harbor


Oak Harbor Senior Center 51 SE Jerome St., Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Front Desk: 360-279-4580 Normal Business Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Additional evening and weekend classes and events as scheduled Yearly Membership Dues: $40 Available for anyone 50+ years Liz Lange • 360-279-4581 Senior Services Administrator Carly Waymire • 360-279-4583 Program Coordinator Jade Brown • 360-279-4582 Program Assistant

Senior Center


By Jade Brown Program Assistant, City of Oak Harbor Senior Services

For the month of September, we are celebrating! Its National Senior Center Month, and Sept. 8 is Grandparents day. The celebration of senior centers started as a week-long celebration in May 1979 and in 1985 President Ronald Reagan signed the first ‘Senior Center Week Presidential Proclamation.’ In 2007 the entire month of September was designated as Senior Center Month. This gave centers more opportunity to have more celebratory events. To celebrate National Senior Center Month, the Oak Harbor Senior Center will be hosting a lunch every Thursday in September for their members. The lunches will be sponsored by local businesses in our community. Sept. 8 is Grandparents Day. The idea for Grandparents Day was inspired by

a speech Jacob Reginald heard at the 1961 White House Conference of Aging called ‘New Image of the Aged’, it was focused on the roles of older Americans who are grandparents. In 1973 Governor Arch Moore proclaimed the first Grandparents Day in West Virginia. In 1978 the United States Congress passed legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day, Jimmy Carted signed the presidential proclamation. During his term from 2010-2014, President Obama issued a proclamation calling on Americans to “honor those who have helped shape the character of our Nation and thank these role models for their immeasurable acts of love, care, and understanding.”

My grandparents have always been a huge part of my life, coming to all of my sporting events, dance recitals, competitions and helped fund my college eduOak Harbor Senior Center Volunteers

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By Jade Brown, Program Assistant, City of Oak Harbor Senior Services

Genealogical Searchers) Please note NEW DATE and NEW LOCATION

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1–3 p.m.,

Oak Harbor Lutheran Church 1253 NW 2nd Ave, Oak Harbor, WA Jessica Aws from Sno-Isle Library in Oak Harbor will speak to the group. All are welcome to join us for this educational program. For more information go to

Jade with her grandparents cation. They would take me camping every summer, or just let me come and stay for two weeks by myself without my little brother. I always wanted to be near them and learn from them. When I was little, I used to call my grandpa asking him to come and get me, and then cry every time it was time to go home. My grandma started my love for shoes. To this day I am still their Jellybean. There is always something we can learn from each other. On grandparent’s day, grandchildren should take the time to listen and grandparents should take the time to tell stories. It is a wonderful blessing to have grandparents and grandchildren in our lives. Even though we should be thanking you everyday for all that you do, this day we thank you for taking care of us, attending our extracurricular activities, and for giving us that extra cookie even though our parents said no.

Member Spotlight: Alice Pell

W.I.G.S. (Whidbey Island

September 2019

Alice Pell is a member of Oak Harbor Senior Center. She is very involved here at the center. Alice participates in yoga, enhance fitness, and volunteers regularly for events. Alice also likes to go on the trips offered at the center, especially the plays. Alice grew up in San Francisco, Calif. She came to Oak Harbor with her husband George on a sailboat. It all started with Alice and George’s dream of sailing to Alaska. For two years they sailed from San Diego, Calif. to Alaska. Alice and George knew they eventually wanted to live in Washington and a friend suggested they would like Oak Harbor. They decided to set sail again, this time to Oak Harbor, Wash. and arrived in September 2000, where they lived on their boat for 13 years. Alice on her ride along tractor

One of Alice’s earliest memories is her 4th Birthday. One thing to know about Alice is she loved her grandparents very much. On her 4th birthday she was living in the projects, a place where returning soldiers went to live.

Alice (2nd from right) participating in Tuesday morning Yoga class

Her grandparents were coming to visit for her birthday and they brought her a ride-along tractor. Alice loved this tractor. Another memory Alice has starts off at church. A boy from her church had two tickets for the San Francisco Children’s Opera. Alice accepted the invitation and she fell in love! The program she received from the show had a list of the songs, along with all the words to each song. Alice sang these songs for days. She then decided to audition for the San Francisco Children’s Opera, and she made it! From then on, she participated in this for nine months of the year from the ages of 10 to 16, with a performance once a month. As one could probably guess, Alice loves to dance. Her other hobbies include gardening, thrifting, walking, cooking (soups are her favorite), she enjoys writing poetry, and photography. Alice liked to volunteer in rest homes because her grandpa was in one. While she was there, she learned this piece of advice she would like to share with her peers: “take good care of your teeth, and do what you want to do in life before you get too old to do it.”


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Oak Harbor

September 2019

Senior Center

CLASSES and EVENTS at Oak Harbor Senior Center


Monday, Sept. 9 & Monday, Sept. 23 10:30–11:30 a.m. Did you know the Center offers Lapidary, work involved in cutting, engraving, or polishing rocks and Wire Wrap, making jewelry using wire and components? During this introductory class, experienced members will show you the process, completed work, and how to get started yourself. If you have been curious about wire wrap and lapidary this is your chance to learn! No fee or registration necessary for these introductory classes. Lapidary meets regularly Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. and Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Wire Wrap meets Thursdays at 7 p.m.

OLD TIME FIDDLERS Thursday, Sept. 12 • 11 a.m. The Old Time Fiddlers are having a daytime performance at the center from 11 a.m to noon. It is free and open to the public. Come listen along as the talented musicians serenade us with a variety of songs. The Old Time Fiddlers meet regularly the first Friday of the month at 6:30 p.m.



Wednesday, Oct. 2 • 1:30 p.m. FREE Add color to your fridge, garden, or even screened doors/windows with recycled plastic butterflies. In just an hour (or so) you can trace, cut, and color beautiful butterflies and add adornments/fasteners such as magnets, beads, wire, etc. Let’s get crafty and have some fun! Supplies will be provided. To register, please call the center at 360-279-4580 or stop by and let us know you are interested.

AARP SAFE DRIVER COURSE Wednesday, Oct. 30 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. AARP Member: $15 Non-AARP Member: $20 Must pre-register by calling the center at 360-279-4580.

RESOURCE FAIR Friday, September 13 • 1–3 p.m. Member: $35 • Non-member: $40 Guided instructions, supplies, and refreshments are included in this creative class where you will finish with a handpainted canvas!

OAK HARBOR POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESENTATION Wednesday, Sept. 25 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 28 9 a.m. –1 p.m. Free and Everyone Welcome Join us for our annual Resource Fair featuring more than 25 vendors, complimentary full-service espresso bar, free lunch served from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., flu shots, door prizes, and free reusable tote bags to the first 100 visitors!


Join Sargent Cedric Niiro as he presents about fraud, scams, “porch pirates,” doorto-door salesman, and other relevant topics. He will inform us about keeping ourselves protected on a daily basis in our community.

WILL AND ESTATE PLANNING WORKSHOP Thursdays in October 11 a.m.–Noon Member: $25 all sessions or $10 each class Non-member: $30 all sessions or $15 each class Attorney Jake Kempton from Whidbey Will & Trust will go over everything you need to know about estate planning, wills, trusts, power of attorney, and end of life care to put your mind at ease about end-of-life planning. This 4 week workshop requires registration as space is limited. To register please call the Center at 360-279-4580.

Garrett N. Filetti, Associate Attorney from Scott & Smith Attorneys at Law, PLLC will give an introduction about estate planning, wills, and end of life care. This is a great chance to learn about the differences between wills and trusts, what legal laws are in place, how to start planning, and why it is important. 10:45 AM–Pedorthics 101: ABC Certified Pedorthist, Inna Chon will share her knowledge about foot health and the importance of the use of orthotics to align the ankle bones. She will demonstrate the foot structure and its mechanics in the way it relates to the rest of the body and balance. She has years of experience and a vast knowledge of the body and movements. Additionally, Inna Chon is the author of the published book, “Pedorthics 101, For Your Foot Health.”

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Oak Harbor

Senior Center

September 2019

Examples of wearable art from the Port Townsend Wearable Art Show Held each May

Fanciful Fall: An Unexpected Runway Show With Flare The Oak Harbor Senior Center Wearable Art Show will be Saturday, Oct. 26. This is a juried runway show featuring a complete ensemble (headpieces, props, hair and make up, etc.) of unexpected wearable art. Creative and playful art in any media, wearable by a model on a runway, is encouraged including innovative and exciting pieces using re-purposed materials. If you have never been to a wearable art show, you are in for a treat! It promises to be a lively evening of fun, creative fashion. As the first annual benefit event for the Oak Harbor Senior Center Foundation, in addition to the show, there will be a silent dessert auction, raise the paddle, and beer and wine will be available for purchase. The Oak Harbor Senior Center Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit and as such your contributions are tax deductible. Be a Part of it All! Feeling creative? Register to have a piece in the show! Love to shine in the spot light? Volunteer to be a model! Contact staff at the Oak Harbor Senior Center for more information. Or, Come for the Show! Tickets are on sale at the Oak Harbor Senior Center for $50. Tickets include dinner and a show. Remember, accouterments and haberdashery highly encouraged! It is just before Halloween, why not pull out that costume box and wear a bit of flare yourself.


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